newsThousands of Children Still Need Assistance After Caribbean Islands Deadly Hurricanes, UNICEF


14 Dec

Thousands of Children Still Need Assistance After Caribbean Islands Deadly Hurricanes, UNICEF

New York (UN), 14/12/2017 (MAP) – Three months after two category-5 hurricanes – Irma and Maria – barreled through the Caribbean, causing widespread damage and loss of life, thousands of children remain in need of support across the region, according to the UN agency UNICEF.

Irma, the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean, caused extensive damage to the islands of the Eastern Caribbean, Haiti and Cuba. Hurricane Maria then wrought additional damage across the region with UNICEF estimating that the two hurricanes left 350,000 children in need of humanitarian assistance.

“Even before the hurricanes hit, UNICEF was on the ground, working with Governments and local partners to prepare communities and preposition humanitarian supplies for the areas at highest risk” said Maria Cristina Perceval, UNICEF Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean in a statement. “These included life-saving supplies that were most needed during the immediate response when access to clean water, shelter and basic social services were scarce.”

“Three months on, UNICEF is still on the ground in these countries and territories, working on programmes to support children and families in rebuilding their lives and returning to a sense of normalcy,” she added.

However, challenges remain, with many of the most vulnerable families still feeling the effects of the storms.

In Dominica, over 35 per cent of children – particularly those living in shelters – are yet to be enrolled in education activities. In Antigua & Barbuda, many children and families remain in shelters and are unable to return home, according to UNICEF.

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